Arybbas of Epirus
|King of the Molossians|
|Religion||Ancient Greek religion|
Arybbas's son was Alcetas II, who reigned as a king of Epirus from 313 BC to 303 BC. It is very probable that the Aryptaeus, king of the Molossians mentioned by Diodorus 18.11.1, who joined the Hellenic cause during the Lamian War, is Arybbas.
In ca. 360 BC, against an Illyrian attack, Arybbas evacuated his non-combatant population to Aetolia and let the Illyrians loot freely. The stratagem was successful, and the Molossians amassed upon the Illyrians and defeated them. Arybbas ruled Epirus until 342/341 BC, when he was driven into exile by Philip II, who placed Alexander I on the throne.
- Byforms: Arymbas, Arrybas, Arribas, Aribbas
- Diodorus Siculus. Library. Book 14.92, 15.2, 16.2. - Fr. Strat. 2.5.19
- Heckel, Waldemar. "Arybbas", Who's Who in the Age of Alexander the Great ISBN 978-1-4051-1210-9 (2005)
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- IG II² 226 Attica ca. 343/2 BC. Heskel, Julia, 'The Political Background of the Arybbas Decree', GRBS 29 (1988)
|King of Epirus
(with Neoptolemus I until 360 BC)